Evansville NAACP hosts virtual town hall, advocates for people to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:28 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 7:43 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The NAACP Evansville Branch held its latest virtual town hall this weekend.

On Saturday, the public was invited to tune in to a Facebook Live discussion with Evansville NAACP President, Rev. Gerald Arnold, and an expert panel that included directors for the Evansville African American Museum and the AIDS Resource Group.

The panel talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their work.

Arnold says local groups have come a long way since the start of the pandemic, and now they are advocating for more people to get the vaccine.

“Now our initiative is to wrestle people to the ground and say, ‘Listen, you’re better to have the vaccine than not,’” Rev. Arnold said. “And we need to get there so not only your neighborhood, but our entire community can be safe.”

Other topics of discussion during the town hall included the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, how different vaccines work, risks and benefits of those vaccines, as well as local availability.

You can watch the full meeting on the official Evansville NAACP Facebook page.

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